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fish sculpture by bill barr
young girl reading
wood carving by bette hartig
visitors viewing art exhibit
water color painting by jill everest fonner
visitors at art attack 2013
print by cheryl gould
adult art students in class
girls enjoying time at artworks
water color painting by jill everest fonner
summer camp students
painting by cheryl gould
ballet dancers
painting by linda maneke
young dancer
artwork by linda maneke
ferris students art night
mosaic by patricia terpstra
summer mosaic camp
mosaic by patricia terpstra
mosaic camp students
the journey by julie tilmann
pocket park mosaic project  in big rapids
art work by Julie tilmann
child enjoying a good book
intimate theater actors
tree frog enjoying the sun

Artworks Honors Pat and Doug Heeter

All are invited to honor Pat and Doug Heeter as our 2014 Patrons of the Arts and Pat’s recent retirement as Gallery Coordinator. August 11th at 10 a.m. in the Gallery at Artworks. A light brunch will be served with coffee and punch.

Looking for Host Families

Mid Summers Night DreamTuesday, July 29th at 7:30 PM
Big Rapids High School Auditorium

Artworks of Big Rapids, in partnership with the Blue Lake International Exchange Program, is presenting Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream”. We will be welcoming the 35 member Karl-Kaiser Theatre Group from Itzehoe, Germany. The students range in age from 13-20 and will be touring Michigan and the Midwest for two weeks. They speak English and the play is performed in “Americanized” English. This should be a lot of fun and a great way to experience another culture and show them what makes Big Rapids a special place to live.

Want to be a part of the event? We are looking for Host Families that would like to have one or two students stay in their home. There are also Group Leaders if you would prefer a college age student. They will arrive on Sunday, July 27 and depart on Wednesday, July 30. We are planning a lot of fun activities so keeping busy won’t be a problem! If you would like to help plan the event we would welcome your support. Sponsor opportunities are also available.

To sign up as a Host Family or for more information, please phone Rick Swinson (231-629-0056) or click here to email Rick.

Painted Turtle Opening

You are Invited to the Opening of the Painted Turtle
On Friday, June 20th, the Gift Shop at Artworks will become the Painted Turtle at Artworks. Come enjoy our opening celebration on June 20th, from 10am-6pm. We are celebrating with a name the painted turtle contest, door prizes, special savings, refreshments, and more. Don’t miss it!

Elsie Vredenburg Quilt Exhibit

van quilt 150wTustin quilter Elsie Vredenburg exhibits 25 years of Hoffman Challenge Quilts in the Artworks Gallery from June 6 to July 25, 2014. The exhibit illustrates Vredenburg’s interpretations of fabrics selected by the Hoffman Fabric Company for its annual competition. The challenge is to include a recognizable amount of the year’s fabric in the body of the quilt that must have a perimeter between 72 and 160 inches. Judging is based on originality, creativity, and workmanship.

Vredenburg is known for her quilts that depict lighthouses. The artist said that lighthouses appeal to her graphically “because they stand tall in contrast to the horizontal lines of land and water. Symbolically, because they represent safety for those on the seas, and because they point upwards toward God.” Several of her lighthouse quilts will also be on display.

Raising the Roof

Many thanks to all who attended our first “Raise the Roof” breakfast on March 4, sponsored by Dr. William and Mrs. Cathy DuBois. Cartoonist Jef Mallett was a terrific keynote speaker. We appreciate the donations made toward the replacement of our leaking roof. We still have a long way to go to raise the $32,000 needed for the repair. If you wish to make a pledge towards the new roof, you can do so at Raise the Roof or send a check to Artworks, 106 North Michigan Avenue, Big Rapids, 49307.

Spring Classes and Online Registration

Our spring class brochure is now available at Artworks and on our website. Many of your favorites have returned, along with some exciting new courses, including sessions in The Art of Cooking and Beginning Leatherwork. Online class registration is also available. Participants can now sign up for classes with the click of a button, and pay online with a credit card, electronic check, or with Paypal. Go to Classes for the education catalog and instructions on registering online. Of course, we are still happy to take registrations by phone or in-person.

Michigan Humanities Council Grant

michigan humanities council logoArtworks was awarded a grant by the Michigan Humanities Council to show “The Way We Worked,” a traveling exhibit created by the Smithsonian Institution. “The Way We Worked” uses materials from the National Archives to show the history of work from about 1855 to 1990. We will supplement the exhibit with objects from our local work history. The exhibit starts October 4, 2014, and continues through the end of November, 2014.